LEWISTON, Maine -- Sam Carlin won his 23rd faceoff of the game with 17 seconds remaining, kept the ball and scored with 1.4 seconds to go, as Bowdoin shocked the Bates men's lacrosse team with a 14-13 NESCAC victory Wedneday night at Garcelon Field.
Carlin won 23 of 30 faceoffs, collected 18 ground balls and scored twice in the fourth quarter to propel Bowdoin (7-2, 4-2 NESCAC) to its seventh straight victory. He began the game with one goal on the season.
Carlin ranged around the Bates goal as the final seconds in regulation time ticked away. He cut in toward the left goalpost, muscled past a defender and flipped the ball past Bates sophomore goalie Rob Strain (Montclair, N.J.) to clinch the result.
Bates (6-5, 2-4 NESCAC) played from behind for almost the entire game, but came back from a 10-7 deficit to tie the game at 11-11 with 6:26 remaining, as junior Andrew Small (Deerfield, Ill.) notched his career-high third goal of the game.
Bowdoin regained a two-goal edge at 13-11, as Daniel Buckman scored with 2:38 to go, followed by Brett Kujala's score from James Strabley with 1:40 left in the game. Junior Eli Cooper (Glastonbury, Conn.) then won his seventh faceoff of the game against Carlin, and after a Bates timeout, sophomore Curtis Knapton (Westbrook, Maine) drove in from the left wing and scored to close the gap to 13-12.
With 16.3 seconds remaining, Small used a subtle change of direction to again free up a rocket from 15 yards away, tying the game at 13-13. But it was enough time for Carlin to win it for the visitors.
Six Polar Bears scored two goals in the game, with Strabley and Buckman also adding two assists apiece. Jimmy Young, Matthew Crowell, Brett Kujala and Carlin also scored twice.
Small led Bates with his career-high four goals, while Knapton added three goals and an assist and sophomore Matt Chlastawa (Westfield, Mass.) also scored a hat trick to go with a team-high four ground balls. NESCAC Player of the Week and senior captain Clarke Jones (Pepper Pike, Ohio) contributed two goals, two assists and three ground balls.
Strain finished with 12 saves, while Bowdoin goalie John Young stopped nine shots.
Bowdoin put Bates in a hole early, scoring the first four goals of the game with one apiece by Crowell, Buckman, Strabley and Jimmy Young. Knapton put Bates on the scoreboard with an unassisted tally with 1:03 left in the opening period.
Small scored his first goal with 14:12 left in the second quarter, and sophomore Jack Scribner (Falmouth, Maine) assisted Chlastawa on a fast break to close the gap to 4-3. But Bowdoin answerd with two straight for a three-goal cushion. That pattern repeated itself four more times, with Bowdoin scoring after Bates closed the deficit to one.
Bowdoin avenged Bates' narrow 13-12 win in Brunswick of a year ago, when Kyle Weber gave Bates its first and only lead of the game with 18 seconds remaining.
Bates will host Connecticut College Saturday at 1pm on Senior Day for the Bobcats. Bowdoin will play a non-conference game at Montclair State Saturday at 3pm.